Happy Independence Day! I hope you take this opportunity to celebrate your own independence… as well as the liberties we enjoy in this great country of ours.
Now that it’s July, it’s probably warming up wherever you are. (I know it sure is here in the Northeast.)
In these hot summer months, it can sure feel like you're working up a sweat every time you step out of the air conditioning.
And as you lose hydration, you also lose crucial electrolytes that you’ll need to put back into your body.
But if you’re keeping an eye on your waistline, what you DON’T want is to start guzzling sugar-sweetened sports drinks.
Fortunately, according to the latest research, there's something you can drink to not only quench your thirst... but help melt off excess pounds.
I'm talking about an icy glass of green tea! (Just make sure it’s unsweetened.)
Researchers analyzed dozens of studies that explored the link between this popular Asian sip and weight loss. And study after study reached the same conclusion: Drinking green tea leads to significant weight loss in humans when compared to a placebo.
What's more, green tea doesn't just lower your number on the scale -- it can actually chisel away fat in the most important place of all.
The theory is that compounds in green tea called "catechins" can slough off the weight by causing you to absorb less fat through your intestines and reducing processes in your pancreas that have been tied to weight gain.
And we know from previous studies that green tea can also nurture the good bacteria in your gut , tipping the balance toward certain strains that have been linked to staying slim.
So, if you want to cool off AND slim down this summer, brew up some green iced tea.
It's delicious with a squeeze of lemon or a few leaves of fresh mint.
You can also find green tea extract supplements in capsule form -- as well as organic green tea powder (sometimes called “matcha”) -- at your local health food store.
Just stay away from sweet treats like green tea ice cream.